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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by advid, Feb 12, 2020.
..just purchased a second user G6120 dated 2005. Nice overall condition, plays lovely with good feel and action ect ect.... The Bigsby gold is much better than shown in my photo - almost 100%. I've got a Gretsch rocking bar bridge to put on and a soft spring when I start modding and cleaning it up and re-stringing it...
BUT..a couple of niggles...
The 3 way pickup switch is a bit stiff when switching back to middle position (also has a 'mud' switch but this is OK....Anything I can do to ease that up a bit ? (spray of some sort / WD40 or whatever..Don't want to upset the electrics tho')
ALSO the jack plug socket is bit loose and wobbly - needs tightening (certainly don't want to have to get inside the guitar to fix that - anything suggested for how to tighten it up a bit ?)
Beautiful guitar, great buy!
I had an issue with a sticking switch, I used a tiny drop of sewing machine oil to get it smooth again. This oil is very slippery and thin, and it tends to stick to surfaces. I'm not sure if it's bad for the electronics, but so far it's worked.
A loose jack can be tightened by the nut, make sure that the jack itself doesn't rotate. Take a plug for example, press it in tight and turn the nut slowly.
When I hear "Gretsch", this and a white Falcon are the first 2 images that come to mind.
I would stay away from any type of oils. They can give short term results and longer term problems for they attract dirt.
There are lubricants specifically for electronics that work very well on electrical contacts and dirty switches. Any hardware store will have a brand or two, ask them for some help finding it.
if you have trouble holding the jack in order to tighten the nut sometimes plugging in your guitar chord and pulling on it gently can hold it enough to get the nut snug.
If it is not the nut, but rather a sloppy loose fit for the chord there is a longish metal tab inside as part of the jack that can at times be carefully bent back into shape. The jack needs to come out through the F hole on a 6120. You would be better off just getting the jack replaced, it would not cost much.
good luck, it is a beautiful guitar
If you have to tighten jacks more than once or twice, this tool is well worth it: https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Too...and_Pickups/Bullet_Guitar_Jack_Tightener.html
Congrats Advid,lovely geet sir!
Nice guitar !!!
humble thought, dont take it too serious please:
that word in the title of the thread... closely resembles the N-word.
In the states the term also is close to the word “nigling,” another racist slur hurled by White supremacists to demean Black children"